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Texas Residential Wireman license information

For all Texas electrical exams;

You must first apply for a license with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) before taking the exam. The applications can be downloaded LinkHERE, then just print out the pages, fill them in, and return to TDLR along with the required application fee. Once your application is approved by TDLR, you may then select a location (The exams are currently offered at 24 sites in Texas) shown LinkHERE and schedule a time to sit for the exam. You can see the locations, and call for the schedules by going to the PSI website LinkHERE.

Ask for the Electrician's packet. They will have a packet of information about tests for electricians. Most of the packet includes building plans, etc. that you may not need. However, the power wheel with Ohm's law is very helpful for the calculations that you may need to do.

Be sure to show up early. They will need to check you in, take your picture, and ask a few questions. They will not allow a cellphone or most anything into the test center. You will not be able to take in extra paper (except what they give you). You will only be allowed to use the pencil that they give you. You may bring a basic calculator-but it must not have a memory, and must not be programmable. They have a few calculators that you may be able to use. They will look through your book- although it may allow some portion (or all) to be open-book.

The tests are difficult tests. Please underline and highlight your NEC codebook as you study for them.


SCOPE OF WORK: May only perform electrical installations in single-family and multifamily dwellings not exceeding four stories. Works under the supervision of a master electrician, or residential Wireman on behalf of an electrical contractor, or employing governmental entity, while performing "Electrical Work" as defined by Texas Occupations Code, §1305.002(11).

ß1305.002(11) "Electrical work" means any labor or material used in installing, maintaining, or extending an electrical wiring system and the appurtenances, apparatus, or equipment used in connection with the use of electrical energy in, on, outside, or attached to a building, residence, structure, property, or premises. The term includes service entrance conductors as defined by the National Electrical Code.

QUALIFICATIONS: Requires a minimum of 4,000 hours (2 years) of supervised training. All training must be done under the supervision of a licensed master electrician or residential wire man. To apply for this licensure, applicants must fill out the Residential Wireman License Application, which requires full employment history to prove the applicant has completed the required 4,000-hour training requirement. Applicants with any criminal offense conviction (felony or misdemeanor) must complete a criminal history questionnaire. (TDLR does check). You can read the TDLR Criminal History guidlines HERE. Must pass the Residential Wireman PSI Exam.

Annual renewal: fee is $25.00, and requires 4 hours of TDLR approved continuing education (CE) annually.
The CE hours must cover the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70), Safety (NFPA 70E) and Texas state electrician laws and rules.

Update beginning February 1, 2014 the fee for renewals will decrease to $20.00.

We offer the required continuing education online, right now.... Right HERE

For late renewal, the continuing education courses must have been completed within the 1 year period immediately prior to the date of renewal.

Reciprocity: Texas has no reciprocal agreement for this license.

"Possible" PSI Exam Content

The test is 80 questions. Open Book
TDLR Application Cost: $20.00 {non-refundable fee}
PSI Exam Cost: $63.00 {non-refundable fee}
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed: 240 minutes (4 hours)
[3 minutes per question]


Subject Area of Exam

Electrical Services
Service Equipment
Separately Derived Systems
Theory and Plans
Electrical Feeders
Branch Circuits
Calculations and Conductors
Electrical Wiring Methods
Electrical Materials
Electrical Equipment and Devices
Motors and Generators
Electrical Control Devices
Disconnecting Means
Special Occupancies
Equipment and Conditions

Exam References: LinkNational Electrical Code Book 2011 (For now) We recommend that it be tabbed and highlighted.

NOTE: Beginning September 1, 2014, all examinations for state electrical licenses will be based on the 2014 NEC. The state electrical exams are available through Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) which contains detailed information regarding the examinations and is vital to understanding the process.

LinkPSI "Information Bulletin" For Texas electrician exams

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